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March 21

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Thursday, March 21, 2013 The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.
~Harriet Ann Jacobs
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In this Issue:
From the Bar

April Solo–Small Firm Networking Meetings

The Solo–Small Firm Section networking meetings are great opportunities to connect with your peers, and are stimulating practice management and technology discussion forums. Solo–Small Firm Section members look forward to networking with their CBA colleagues far and near at these meetings. Click here to find an April meeting near you.

“The Brothers Size” Theater Performance and CLE—Thursday, April 11

Join the CBA Young Lawyers Division at the Curious Theatre for a live theatre performance of “The Brothers Size” and a CLE presentation that addresses issues of race and recidivism. The one-hour CLE presentation starts at 6 p.m., followed by cocktails and appetizers at 7 p.m., and curtain at 8 p.m. Balcony seats are $35 for CBA members (includes the CLE presentation, appetizers, and cocktails). Redeem this exclusive offer by using the code “COBAR” when purchasing tickets through the box office at 303-623-0524 or boxoffice@curioustheatre.org.

School Vouchers: Student Choice or Establishment of Religion?—Tuesday, April 16
Sponsored by the CBA Civil Rights Committee

Join Matthew Douglas of Arnold & Porter LLC and Michael Bindas from the Institute for Justice from noon to 1:30 p.m. on April 16 as they represent opposing viewpoints in the Taxpayers for Public Education v. Douglas County School District litigation. Two general CLE credits are applied for. Cost to attend is $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Lunch is included. Click here to RSVP or email lunches@cobar.org.

From CBA-CLE

Juvenile Law—Friday, April 19
Elite Pass Holders Attend for Free

Highlights include adolescent brain development; new constitutional jurisprudence in light of Roper, Graham, In Re J.D.B. and Miller; a review of the Colorado Assessment of Access to Counsel and Quality of Representation in Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings; a one-year look back on Colorado Direct File reform, implementation, and impact; and youth aging out of foster care and transitioning to independent adulthood. Register now!

Basics of Mechanics’ Liens and Verified Claims—Thursday, April 25

In an uncertain economic and real estate climate, the use of mechanics’ liens as a protective mechanism is more important than ever. Build your practice with this basics course. Each attendee will receive a copy of the CBA-CLE book “Colorado Liens and Claims Handbook, 4th Edition.” Taught by Gilbert Egle, one of the book’s authors, the course is offered for five CLE credits. Find out more.

From the Courts

District Judgeship Positions Open in the Fifth, Ninth Judicial Districts

Two new district court judgeship positions were created pursuant to House Bill 13-1035, effective July 1. As a result, both the Fifth and Ninth judicial districts have an open judgeship position.

The Fifth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet on May 20 to interview and select nominees for appointment by Gov. John Hickenlooper. Applications are due no later than 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 25.

The Ninth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet on May 17 to interview and select nominees for appointment by Gov. Hickenlooper. Applications are due no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24.

Find more information and position applications on the Colorado Courts website.

Practice Management

Attorneys: Ensure You Get Paid—You Earned It!
From Solo in Colo Blog

My law practice motto is: “I’d rather not work and not get paid, than work and not get paid.” Of course, this is a motto borne of my personal, unfortunate experience. Although my unfortunate experiences have diminished greatly over the years, I still occasionally find myself unpaid in part (at least that’s somewhat better than in whole, but it remains unacceptable). I recently checked out Collecting Your Fee by Edward Poll to see how I could continue to improve my accounts receivable. Read more.

In the News

Split Decision in the U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued two anticipated decisions on securities law matters: one on the statute of limitations applicable in SEC enforcement matters in Gabelli et al. v. Securities and Exchange Commission, No. 11-1274 (Feb. 27, 2013) and another on class certification standards in private securities class actions in Amgen Inc. v. Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds, No. 11-1085 (Feb. 27, 2013). The rulings together present a “you win some, you lose some” outcome for securities law litigants. Click here to read more.

Are Lawyers Unhappy? (Part 5)

You’re not happy with the course of your life in the law. Do you cope, or do you change? There’s a certain negative connotation to the word “coping.” You may have seen the recent bit on Yahoo! about common coping strategies that don’t actually work. However, coping has its uses. It can give us some short-term relief, and can set the stage for learning new thoughts, behaviors, and other life skills that help in the long term. Click here to read more.

From the Legal Community

Colorado Women’s Bar Association’s 36th Annual Convention—May 17–19

The 2013 CWBA Convention, “Taking It Up A Notch!” will be held at the Sebastian Hotel in Vail, May 17–19. This year’s convention will include networking events, CLE programs, and a NITA program on Friday, followed by the popular Lathrop Award Reception. Click here for more information.

35th Annual Colorado Lawyers Committee Anniversary Awards—Tuesday, May 21

Join the Colorado Lawyers Committee on Tuesday, May 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Marriott Denver City Center, for its 35th Annual Awards Luncheon. This year’s keynote speaker will be James J. Sandman, president of the Legal Services Corporation in Washington, D.C. Another highlight of the luncheon will be the presentation of awards to honor individuals and organizations who contributed significantly to the Colorado Lawyers Committee during 2012. Click here for information and to purchase tickets.

Optimize Your Membership

Take Advantage of FedEx Business Solutions

Whether you have packages to send, orders to fulfill, or materials to print, FedEx has the solutions to help you get it done on time. CBA members receive discounts up to 26 percent on select FedEx shipping and business services through the FedEx Advantage® program. Click here for details.

Lending Library Book of the Week

As technology continues to play a more dominant role in law practices, the option of going “paperless” seems to be more common. “The Paperless Law Office” is a practical, step-by-step guide to taking your law practice from paper-filled to paperless. Author Ben Yale shows you how removing paper and clutter means gaining time—time for clients, time for your family, time for yourself—and explains in clear, easy-to-follow language what software programs, apps, and techniques you should be using. For more information about this title and many others in the CBA’s Lending Library, visit the Lending Library page or contact Lauren Eisenbach at lauren@cobar.org or 303-824-5372.

Tip of the Week From Reba Nance

Looking for Scholarly Articles? Check Out Google Scholar!

As you know, the Internet can be a great place to conduct research. The problem is weeding through the results to find credible sources. That’s where Google Scholar, at scholar.google.com. is a valuable research tool.

Here’s how Google Scholar Explains what it does: “Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts, and court opinions from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities, and other websites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.”

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

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